NEW YORK and ST. CHARLES, Mo., December 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ –The AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin® will air on ABC as a three-hour special on Sunday, January 2, 2022 at 2 p.m. ET. The show features thousands of dogs from across the country and around the world competing for the coveted title of US National Champion.
The host of the show is the Executive Secretary of the AKC Gina DiNardo and renowned sports commentator caroline manno. This year’s AKC National Championship is the largest dog show in North America with 5,051 dogs entered in Conformation from 50 states and washington d.c. and 13 countries. This, combined with competitions in agility, obedience, Owner Managed Series National Finals, Dive Dogs, Junior competitions and AKC Fast CAT brings the total number of entries to more than 8,500. Dogs will compete for multiple titles across various events and over $150,000 in prize money, the largest in the world of dog shows.
“It is our honor to be able to carry on the tradition of this magnificent spectacle and welcome the best canine competitors from all over the world,” said Denis Sprung, president of the show and president and CEO of the AKC. “The athleticism displayed in our sports by these well-behaved dogs is truly a sight to behold, and we are thrilled to return to ABC to televise our signature event, the crowning of the American Champion, for dog enthusiasts.”
Jason Taylor, Deputy Show President and Vice President of Marketing for Royal Canin, adds: “At Royal Canin we are passionate about breeds and what makes them unique. We’re excited to share that passion with dog lovers nationwide as they tune in to watch the AKC National. Championship presented by Royal Canin on ABC. Viewers can expect to see an action-packed show that highlights all the ways dogs are amazing, in addition to learning about dog sports and responsible breeders. »
Award-winning company B Live Productions will again produce the TV show and livestream.
Moreover, the road to becoming a champion – in the ring or in our hearts – begins in childhood. Ahead of the televised broadcast of the AKC National Championship presented by Royal Canin, Royal Canin will be celebrating puppy magnificence and the dogs bred to be part of #RoyalCaninPuppy with the third annual Royal Canin Puppy Pre-Show.
Hosted by caroline manno and Mike Janelle, the Royal Canin Puppy Pre-Show will take viewers through a series of fun and whimsical events that will put every dog’s puppy character to the test! Competitors will be judged in several categories, including puppy play time, agility and beautiful mile-ish. Not only are these tests entertaining to watch, but they’re also educational for viewers at home hoping to learn more about what all the AKC National Championship entails.
Viewers can watch the Royal Canin Puppy pre-show on January 2 at 12 p.m. ET @RoyalCaninUS on Facebook or Instagram and encourage Royal Canin puppies to compete for best puppy in show.
For more information, please visit www.akc.org/nationalchampionship
About the American Kennel Club
Founded in 1884, the American Kennel Club is a nonprofit organization that maintains the world’s largest purebred dog registry and oversees the sport of purebred dogs in United States. The AKC is dedicated to maintaining the integrity of its registry, promoting the sport of purebred dogs, and breeding for type and function. With its more than 5,000 chartered and member clubs and affiliated organizations, the AKC champions the purebred dog as a family companion, advances canine health and welfare, strives to protect the rights of all dog owners and promotes responsible dog ownership. More than 22,000 competitions for AKC-registered purebred and mixed breed dogs are held each year under AKC rules and regulations, including conformation, agility, obedience, rallying, tracking , herding, lure racing, coonhound events, hunt tests, field and land dog tests. Organizations affiliated with the AKC include the AKC Humane Fund, AKC Canine Health Foundation, AKC Reunite, and AKC Museum of the Dog. For more information, visit www.akc.org.
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ABOUT ROYAL CANIN United States
Royal Canin United States is a leader in the field of scientific nutrition for the health of cats and dogs. Founded by a veterinarian in 1968, Royal Canin has over 40 years of experience in providing individualized nutritional solutions. Working with an expert team of nutritionists, breeders and veterinarians from around the world, Royal Canin puts cats and dogs at the center of the innovation process. The Royal Canin product line offers a range of diets depending on size, age, breed, lifestyle and therapeutic requirements. Royal Canin diets are available at veterinary hospitals and specialty pet stores nationwide. Royal Canin is a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated. To learn more about Royal Canin, visit www.royalcanin.com and “LIKE” us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/royalcanin.us.
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